Daily Devotional from The Way Bible Church for April 4th, 2019

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Thursday, April 4th

Luke 5:20-24
20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.”

One of the biggest shortcomings of the modern day church is that it is heavy in theology but very light in authority. The world knows very well what the church believes. However, for all of the preaching that goes on, both publicly and privately, there are very few results to back it up. Jesus dealt with this same problem in His day. The Pharisees and teachers were well versed in what the Scriptures said, but they fell very short when it came to using them to benefit those who needed it’s power the most. Like many ‘Christians’ today they were quick to condemn sin but slow to provide the answer for it. The Church, the Body of Christ, should not only be the most knowledgable when it comes to the Word, but should also lead the way in walking out the love of God. The Pharisees had come from all over the region to make sure they were seen at the service, but were also the very reason why it took so much effort for those in need get to Jesus. They sat on the front row and looked down their noses at the very ones that Jesus was trying to reach. The Pharisees’ religion was their God because they were more concerned with their position than they were with using what they knew to share the power of God with those that they were ordained to watch over. What about you? Are you using what you know to bring those around you closer to the Lord, or do you use it to make sure that they aren’t ‘breaking the rules’? God has always put relationship before regulation. If he hadn’t Jesus would have never come. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

 

 

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